Shade In LA: Rising Heat Inequity In a Sunburnt City
Exploring Shade Equity and Climate Change
Public Art Opportunity   

Project Description 

The Arroyo Arts Collective seeks to commission up to 10 artists to participate in Shade In L.A., a juried art installation, comprised of re-purposed umbrellas.

For this call, we invite you to explore the themes of climate change, heat, drought, and wildfire, and to use a repurposed umbrella as your canvas. The proposed outdoor installation will address and highlight the issue of shade equity, a problem that disproportionately affects low-income and working-class communities and people of color, who are more likely to work outdoors, rely on public transportation, and live in neighborhoods with a lack of trees and shade. As the climate changes and the planet warms, what was once thought primarily as an aesthetic amenity is increasingly recognized as a way of protecting the public health and wellbeing of marginalized communities. And yet providing shade can be simple and effective, and can be done in many ways including tree planting, bus stop sheds, and awnings, to name a few.

The installation will be located outside of the Avenue 50 Studio space, on the lot between the driveway and the Metro rail line. The umbrellas will be installed in a manner that suspends them from their tops at a height sufficient to provide shade to visitors. The installation design is meant to serve two audiences: 1) train passengers who will get a quick glance of a colorful and visually impactful installation; and 2) visitors and pedestrians who can walk (and perhaps sit) under the installation to get an interactive experience.

Artists can provide their own umbrella to work on, or umbrellas can be available for pick-up from Arroyo Arts Collective (collected through donation). The reuse/re-purposing of other assembly materials is also highly encouraged. Please keep in mind that the installation will be outdoors and subject to weather and the elements.

Proposal Submission Process

The Arroyo Arts Collective invites artists everywhere and of all disciplines to submit proposals for this project. This is a curated exhibition; honoraria of $200 will be awarded to installation artists whose proposals are selected.

There is no entry fee, but artists chosen to exhibit MUST BE A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE ARROYO ARTS COLLECTIVE. To become a member, go to our website:, click on the JOIN link, and use PayPal. Or provide us with your name, address, email, and phone number, and a check for $25 and mail it to The Arroyo Arts Collective PO Box 50835, York Station, Highland Park CA 90050. Membership dues go towards this and future programming.

Submissions accepted any time through March 23rd @ Noon:
How To Submit: Artists will be asked to submit a short bio, a statement about the proposed work, a thumbnail sketch of umbrella proposal, 3-5 samples of previous work or a link to their website.

Subject Line: Shade in L.A. 
Dropbox link:
Or email to

Submission Deadline:               March 23rd @ Noon
Notification of Acceptance:      March 23rd
Umbrella Pick-Up:                     March 26th -27th
Artist Work Drop Off:                April 30th – May 1st
OPENING RECEPTION:             May 21st 2PM – 5PM
Closing Reception:                    June 18th 2PM – 5PM

For more information or questions contact us at:

This project is being developed in partnership with Jolly de Guzman. Jolly is an artist living and
working in Los Angeles. He is co-founder of the online art gallery and art+travel blog, where he shares his love of life, beauty, nature and art through interpretation in various media. His art tackles the relationship between humans and the environment.

Arroyo Arts Collective: Established in 1989 as a community organization of artists, writers and performers who live and work in Northeast Los Angeles, the mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective is to develop and present creative events that educate while fostering an awareness of the artistic vitality which exists in northeast Los Angeles.

Shade in L.A. is made possible through the generous support of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the California Arts Council, a state agency. This programming is presented in partnership with Avenue 50 Studio, the Los Angeles Center for Urban Natural Resources Sustainability, and the US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program.